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Nigerian militants to free German captives

Nigeria: Nigeria's main militant group in Niger Delta says it would seek the release of two German construction workers kidnapped by armed gunmen. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) "has located and identified the culprits and will begin negotiating with the kidnappers in the hope for a safe and unconditional...

Attack blow up Italian company's oil pipeline in Nigeria

Lagos (Nigeria): A community in Bayelsa state Nigeria's Niger Delta region has blown up an oil pipeline operated by Italy's ENI cutting output further in the world's eighth largest oil exporter, according to local media report Friday. Timipre Sylva, Bayelsa state governor, told newsmen, that some community members went into the forest...

Nigeria's oil workers vows to quit from Niger Delta

Lagos: Nigeria's main oil workers union NUPENG threatened Thursday to pull out its members if there was no improvement to the worsening security climate in the country's Niger Delta. "We have made several representations to the federal government. But they seem not to listen. We will not hesitate to ask our members to quit the region...

Somalia: Violence continues as Nigeria to send peacekeepers

Nigeria: The Nigeria Military sent an assessment team to Mogadishu and it is expected to deploy its troops soon as a part of African Union (AU) force known as AMISOM. According to the AMISOM spokesman Major Baringye Ba-Hoku, the Nigerian force is making final preparations this week and they will join the 1,600 Uganda and 600 Burundi troops...

Nigerian activists deny UK offer for military training

Nigeria: Human rights activists in Nigeria's Delta have condemned an offer from the UK government to provide military training to secure oil supplies. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered military training to Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua to help fight militants and oil smugglers. But activists said more military action...

One million Nigerian children die yearly: UNICEF

Lagos (Nigeria): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday in Abuja said over 1 million infants die yearly in Nigeria while nearly a third of the children under five years of age are underweight, reported This Day newspaper on Wednesday. The UN agency said Nigeria ranked among 12 countries with the highest mortality rate of children...

Footballer's brother freed after 12 days in Nigeria

Nigeria: The elder brother of Nigerian and Everton football star Joseph Yobo has been released after being kidnapped by gunmen 12 days ago. Nornu Yobo was seized at a hotel in Port Harcourt, the main city of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, where kidnappings for ransom are frequent. Nornu Yobo has flown into Lagos and has been reunited with his...

Threat forces thousands to flee from Nigerian oil town

Nigeria: Thousands of Nigerians have fled the Niger Delta oil town of Bonny after militants threatened to behead people who are not originally from the area. The unknown group attacked soldiers in the town two weeks ago, killing nine people including a pregnant woman. According to a newspaper article widely circulated by residents, the militants...

Stampede incident kills 30 job seekers in Nigeria

Nigeria: Stampedes during a recruitment process by the Nigerian immigration service killed at least 30 job seekers and injured scores more as unemployed youths rushed at locked gates, witnesses said on Monday. Recruitment drives by state agencies attract thousands of young university and college graduates in Nigeria, many of whom have been...

Somalia & Nigeria heavens for pirates

Somalia: The IMB said the increasing use of automatic weapons remains unacceptable. MORE than one-third of the piracy incidents reported worldwide in the first six months of this year took place in Somalia and Nigeria. Out of the 114 piracy attacks reported to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre in the first half of...

Nigerian ex-minister charged for abusing power

Nigeria: A key ally of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo should never hold public office again, the Senate says. An investigation found 32bn naira ($217m, £138m) is missing from the accounts of the Federal Capital Territory which runs the capital Abuja. Former minister in charge of Abuja Nasir el-Rufai abused his office and must...

Nigerian rebels agree to end 'ceasefire'

Nigeria: The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said it would end its two-week ceasefire on Saturday. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told journalists at the G8 summit in Japan the UK would help Nigeria "deal with lawlessness" in the region. A Mend spokesman said UK interests would "suffer the consequences...

Nigeria reform at risk over oil profits

Lagos: President Umaru Yar'Adua risks undermining Nigeria's hard-won reputation for fiscal discipline if he fails to keep the country's cash-hungry state governors from squandering its soaring oil revenues. The world's eighth biggest oil exporter saves revenues above a benchmark oil price in an "excess crude account" (...

Nigeria seeks international effort to end oil smuggling

Japan: An international cartel of oil smugglers steals billions of dollars in "blood oil" from Nigeria, trading it for guns, the president has said. Speaking at the G8 summit in Japan, President Umaru Yar'Adua drew comparisons between oil "bunkering" and the trade in "blood diamonds". He said an international...

Nigeria demand mining compensation from UK, Europe

Nigeria: Nigeria's Plateau State wants $100bn (£50bn) in compensation from the UK and Europe for environmental damage caused, it says, by mining in colonial times. The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency has discovered radioactive materials buried under the soil, officials say. Radioactive waste occurs in the material that remains when...